Orthopaedic 3D printing Laboratory
The Orthopaedic 3D Printing lab was founded in 2018. The main focus of research at the unit is to study the way additive manufacturing technology is changing the way orthopaedic surgeons plan for and rehearse surgical procedures and how it is improving registrar training. Through collaboration with the Institute for Biomedical Engineering (IBE) at Stellenbosch University and private industry partners the Division of Orthopaedic surgery now has the in-house infrastructure to design and manufacture models of patient anatomy to rehearse complex procedures on, as well as patients-specific instrumentation and custom-made implants.
The lab also provides an orthopaedic-engineering consultancy service to private healthcare facilities and industry.
TygerMaties 3D print protective gear in fight against COVID-19
When the Division of Orthopaedic Surgery at Stellenbosch University (SU) started a 3D printing laboratory about two years ago to assist surgeons in planning and rehearsing surgical procedures, they had no idea the lab would be put to use in a pandemic.
Yet that is what's happening as staff and students work long hours to 3D print and assemble visors to be distributed and used as protective gear for those working on the frontline of fighting the COVID-19 crisis.
Dr Rudolph Venter, an orthopaedic surgeon and lecturer in Clinical Anatomy at SU's Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (FMHS) came up with the idea after the virus broke out in South Africa.
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3D-druktegniek help chirurge beplan, oefen vir operasies
Ortopediese chirurge moes tot onlangs nog op tweedimensionele beeldingsmodaliteite soos X-strale, rekenaartomografie (RT) of magnetiese resonansiebeelding (MRB) staatmaak vir die assessering van kwale soos gewasse, frakture of misvormdhede wat hul pasiënte se muskuloskeletale sisteme beïnvloed.
Met die steun van die Fakulteit Geneeskunde en Gesondheidswetenskappe (FGGW) aan die Universiteit Stellenbosch (US), het dokters van die US en die Tygerberg-hospitaal se Afdeling Ortopedie ŉ 3D-druklaboratorium tot stand gebring en gebruik hulle nou driedimensionele (3D)- druktegnieke om modelle van pasiënte se anatomie te skep. Hierdie proses help hulle om uitdagende chirurgiese prosedures te beplan, te oefen en uit te voer.
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3D printing helps surgeons plan, practice for procedures
Until recently orthopaedic surgeons have had to rely on two dimensional imaging modalities, for example X-rays, computer tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), to assess ailments such as tumours, fractures or deformities affecting their patients' musculoskeletal system. With the support of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (FMHS), doctors at Stellenbosch University (SU) and Tygerberg Hospital's Division of Orthopaedics have created a 3D printing laboratory and are now employing three dimensional (3D) printing techniques to create models of patients' anatomy. This process assists them in planning, practicing and executing complex and challenging surgical procedures.
“It is a relatively novel way for surgeons to visualise and assess a patient's anatomy and can help them to plan and perform procedures with a greater measure of safety and efficiency," says Dr Rudolph Venter, an orthopaedic surgeon with the FMHS.
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Dr Rudoph Venter
Science & Tech feature: 3D printing
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